June 13th, 2007
04:15 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain 'guardedly optimistic' immigration bill will get back on floor

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Arizona Sen. John McCain said Wednesday he believes there is still a chance for the immigration bill, currently stalled in the Senate, to come forward for a vote.

“I am guardedly optimistic – and I emphasize guardedly – optimistic that we can get the bill to the floor of the Senate just before the fourth of July recess, and pass it through the United States Senate," McCain said while campaigning in Los Angeles.

The GOP presidential hopeful said he has been in daily consultation with his colleagues in the Senate, as well as the White House, in hopes of moving the bill forward.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pulled the controversial bill from the Senate floor last Thursday after a motion to stop debate on the measure failed. Though several Republicans wanted to add amendments, Reid said debate had lasted too long.

On Tuesday, Reid said it's up to Republicans to collect more votes in favor of the measure to convince him that reviving debate could lead to passage.

McCain also took a shot at potential presidential rival Hillary Clinton for including earmarks, or narrowly targeted spending requests, in the Defense Authorization bill currently before Congress.

He said the New York Democrat had over one hundred million dollars in such funds attached to the bill, and added, “We can’t do this earmarking and pork barreling if we’re ever going to be careful and serious stewards of the taxpayers dollars.”

A vocal critic of earmarks, or pork barrel spending as it is also known, McCain said he would work to eliminate the practice as president.

- CNN's Jamie Crawford 

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  1. Ted Hobson, Winston-Salem, NC

    Legal Americans DO NOT want this bill put into law no way no how. It is only the illegals, sorry politicians, criminal CEO and business owners that want this bill passed. We do not want any backroom agreement shoved down our throats but the president and Congress seem to think that is the kind of government need deserve. We've had enough already. We legals want the current law enforced instead of changing the law to protect the CEOs and business owners. Just what kind of thinking is it that says change the law so our leaders will not go to prison? HYPOCRITES! You know who you are. I don't have to name names but the ring leader is living at 1600 Penn Ave. Mr. President you should be ashamed of yourself and I consider you a traitor to the American people worthy of impeachment. If you want to do so much for the illegals, why don't you just go on down to Mexico and help them there. I will not mind one bit you not being the president any longer. In fact, this country will be better off without you.

    Your backing of this bill speaks volumes about you and your cohorts.

    June 14, 2007 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  2. Aubrey Looney, Belle Chasse, LA

    The president and congress hasn't shown any zeal for enforcing the current laws, so what makes anyone believe that they will enforce these new laws?
    They say that illegals will have to pay $5,000? Who honestly believes that will happen? I don't. They say that the current bill will make controlling the border more important.
    Nonsense. All of it. Secure the border first. Stop the flow of illegal immigration and then try writing your useless "immigration reform" bill.

    June 15, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |